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Spelt and Almond Sticky Date Pudding

septiembre 7, 2022

Sticky date pudding doesn’t have to be a naughty dessert. With a few clever substitutions, you can have a delicious treat, without the added calories.


200g fresh dates, pitted

250ml (1 cup) boiling water

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

200g (1 1/4 cups) wholemeal spelt flour

70g (1/3 cup) rapadura sugar or brown sugar

60g whole almond meal (see tip)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves

100g (1/3 cup) unsweetened apple puree

80ml (1/3 cup) melted coconut oil (or olive oil)

2 eggs

Natural yoghurt, to serve
Caramel sauce

3 tbsp rapadura sugar or brown sugar

160ml (2/3 cup) pouring cream

1 tsp vanilla extract


Step 1
Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Grease a round 20cm cake pan. Line with baking paper.
Step 2
Place dates in a large heatproof bowl. Pour over the boiling water. Stir in the bicarb. Set aside for 10 minutes to soften, then use a fork to lightly mash.
Step 3
Combine flour, sugar, almond meal, baking powder and spices in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add apple, oil, eggs and date mixture. Stir until combined. Spoon into the prepared pan.
Step 4
Line the base of a roasting pan with a tea towel. Place cake in the prepared roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting pan to reach two-thirds up the side of the cake pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from roasting pan.
Step 5
Meanwhile, for the caramel, cook sugar and 125ml (1/2 cup) water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened and reduced by half. Stir in cream and vanilla. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes, until smooth.
Step 6
Spoon half the sauce over the pudding. Serve with yoghurt and remaining sauce.